KRASNODAR VS SEVILLA (19:55)
Sevilla travel to Krasnodar on Matchday 4, having beaten the Russian side 3-2 at home in a thrilling encounter on Matchday 3. The reigning UEFA Europa League champions currently sit level with Group E leaders Chelsea on seven points and the gulf between those two teams, compared to the sides sitting third and fourth in the group with one point apiece is large. Whilst fatigue could prove a factor, with Sevilla making the long journey to Russia having competed domestically in La Liga just three days earlier, the strength in depth of Julen Lopetegui’s men should ultimately prove too strong for Krasnodar in this one.
RENNES VS CHELSEA
Chelsea currently sit top of Group E on seven points heading into this Matchday 4 clash against Rennes. Frank Lampard’s side have yet to concede a goal in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage and comprehensively beat Rennes 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge. The French side may provide a stiffer challenge at home, where they picked up their only point in the group so far against Krasnodar. However, they have lacked a cutting edge in front of goal throughout the group stage, having scored just one goal in their opening three matches. So not only will Chelsea be expected to pick up the three points, but goalkeeper Eduaord Mendy will be extremely disappointed if he fails to record a fourth consecutive UEFA Champions League clean sheet here against his former club.
JUVENTUS VS FERENCVAROS
After beating Ferencvaros 1-4 last time out in the UEFA Champions League group stage, Juventus welcome the Hungarian champions to Turin knowing that victory would see them secure qualification for the knockout stage, providing Barcelona beat Dynamo Kyiv in the other Group G match taking place on the same night. Andrea Pirlo’s men are finding the back of the net with regularity of late, having scored 11 goals in their last four matches in all competitions since their 0-2 loss against Barcelona. It’s no coincidence that this has coincided with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored five of those 11 goals. With the Portugese superstar leading the frontline alongside the in-form Alvaro Morata, Juventus should once again dispatch Ferencvaros with relative ease and once again, they should do so by at least two clear goals.
PSG VS RB LEIPZIG
Third place in Group H hosts second place in what is a massive encounter for PSG. Thomas Tuchel’s side know that anything other than a win here against RB Leipzig would leave them with a huge mountain to climb should they wish to qualify for the UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage. However, all is not rosy in the Parisian’s garden with the pressure piling onto Tuchel after his men surrendered a 0-2 lead to AS Monaco at the weekend, ultimately losing 3-2 in their Ligue 1 clash. Leipzig will be well aware that the first goal going in their favour could prove the catalyst for PSG’s undoing as it was in Germany when Julian Nagelsmann’s side triumphed 2-1 on Matchday 3, hence they are expected to attack the French champions from the start. This should lead to a highly entertaining contest, with both teams finding the net and the result ultimately going either way.
LAZIO VS ZENIT
Lazio remain unbeaten in Group F, following a 1-1 draw away to Zenit in their third UEFA Champions League group game and the two sides meet again here in Rome with the hosts in a strong position to kick on in their bid to secure qualification to the knockout stage. Zenit have picked up just one point in Group F so far, but will come into this match with the knowledge that Lazio have failed to keep a clean sheet in all of their three group games. This, alongside their need for three points may lead to the visitors taking the game to the Italian side, but Lazio boast a strong attack and will look to seize upon any defensive gaps afforded to them by Zenit. So whilst the visitors may find the net once again against ‘I Biancocelesti’, Lazio with home advantage should still have enough firepower within their side to overwhelm Zenit and win this game.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS CLUB BRUGGE
Club Brugge could move above Borussia Dortmund in Group F with victory in Germany, however such a result will prove a very tall order with Lucien Favre’s men having lost just once all season at home in all competitions. The difference between the two sides in Belgium on Matchday 3 proved largely to be star striker Erling Braut Haaland, with the Dortmund wonderkid netting twice in a 0-3 win for his team. Fresh from scoring four times at the weekend in BVB’s Bundesliga victory over Hertha BSC, Haaland could be set to do more damage to Brugge here and with a freshly rested Jadon Sancho also set to start for the hosts, Dortmund winning this game by two clear goals looks on the cards.
MAN UTD VS ISTANBUL BASAKSEHIR
English side Man Utd fell to a surprise 2-1 defeat away to Istanbul Basaksehir on Matchday 3 and the pressure is on the Red Devils to bounce back, as the two sides meet again at Old Trafford on Matchday 4. With just three points separating all four teams in Group H, a win for either side here would prove priceless. Man Utd’s last UEFA Champions League home game saw them dismantle RB Leipzig 5-0 and after being beaten by Istanbul Basaksehir in the reverse fixture, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are expected to come out of the traps firing with a point to prove. Aside from their win over United, the visitors have lost their two other Group H games so far each by two clear goals and it’s difficult not to see a similar result occur here against a home side looking for vengeance.
DYNAMO KYIV VS FC BARCELONA
With three wins from three Group G games, Barcelona are sitting pretty as group leaders and victory in Ukraine would see them qualify for the UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage. However, despite travelling to Barcelona with a decimated squad due to numerous positive Covid-19 tests, Dynamo Kyiv put up an excellent fight against the Spanish giants in the reverse fixture, only losing 2-1. With home advantage here, Dynamo are expected to put up another admirable showing and could well find the net once against Ronald Koeman’s side, who have kept just one clean sheet in their three group games so far. Barca though, with the formidable Lionel Messi within their ranks will still be expected to pull through, avoiding any complacency and securing the three points needed for knockout stage qualification.
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